Concrete on track for drifting

The drift track is being laid at Baypark Stadium. Photo: Murray James Berthelsen

Baypark stadium in Tauranga is undergoing another transformation in preparation for the D1NZ National Drifting Championship round for February 17.

About 500 cubic metres of concrete are being laid in the Baypark Stadium this week to create the track for the motorsport event that will also see rally drivers launch in and out of the speedway venue onto a mix of concrete, dirt and loose gravel in the second round of the Rally X Series.

The formation of the Rally X Series comes after the New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport Series was launched late last year.

The series brought together different disciplines of racing from across the country for the first meeting over January 12-13.

The Rally X Series debuted alongside the UTV Series and Supermoto Cup as part of the supporting act to the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship.

Max Motors Wellington Family Speedway in Upper Hutt played host to the four different disciplines. The first round attracted a plethora of different cars, including AP4+, Group N, hillclimb and even a sole trans-am car.

The final was won by Rotorua driver Sloan Cox in his Mitsubishi Evolution 8, which currently holds the Ashley Forest Rallysprint record.

BVL says work on the drift track started earlier this year.

“We’ve been pretty lucky today apart from rain last night, it’s been humid and hot here. This time they are laying the concrete a bit earlier.”


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